"Air pollution shouldn't be used as political football", charity warns, following DEFRA's announcement approving delays to Greater Manchester's Clean Air Zone
4 February 2022
DEFRA has issued a statement confirming that Greater Manchester’s Clean Air Zone is delayed until July, with legal compliance for meeting legal levels of air quality delayed by a further two years from 2024 to 2026.
1 February 2022
My Long COVID Needs, developed by the British Lung Foundation, will help people with Long COVID identify their symptoms and aid conversations with healthcare professionals by creating a digital report of their physical and emotional concerns that they can share with them.
28 January 2022
Changes to the Highway Code come into place from Saturday 29 January 2022. These see much more priority given to protecting cyclists and pedestrians. Sarah Woolnough, CEO of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation wrote a letter to The Times about the changes. The letter, published in full, read:
Measures to reduce air pollution must go further to protect all Londoners with lung conditions, not just those living in certain areas.
27 January 2022
New analysis released today by the Mayor of London shows that toxic air is reducing far more slowly in outer London than in central London, where the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was recently expanded.
12 January 2022
The British Lung Foundation says Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is ‘rife’ due to lowered immunity as it reports a 400% surge in calls from worried parents about their children having breathing issues to its helpline.
"Delaying is dangerous" warns lung charity as Greater Manchester's Clean Air Zone is placed under review
10 January 2022
Responding to an announcement (1) from Transport for Greater Manchester on 06.01.2022 stating plans for a Clean Air Zone to be introduced in Greater Manchester have been placed under review, Tim Dexter, Campaigns Manager for Air Quality at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said:
6 January 2022
Tim Dexter, Campaigns Manager for Air Quality at Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation responds to research published in The Lancet Planetary Health today [06/01/22], which found that about one in 12 new child asthma cases worldwide are associated with exposure to the toxic gas nitrogen dioxide (NO2). He said:
16 November 2021
New analysis from the British Lung Foundation found that diagnosis of COPD has fallen by half in the last year - an estimated 46,000 people are living with the condition without knowing.
27 October 2021
Every two minutes in the UK a baby is born in an area with dangerously polluted air which could put them at risk of developing serious health conditions such as asthma,1 according to new analysis by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation released today ahead of next week’s UN Climate Change conference (COP26).
Over a quarter of a million Londoners living with asthma and COPD can today look forward to breathing cleaner air, says Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation
25 October 2021
Leading respiratory charity, Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, welcomes today's expansion of the London ULEZ zone, up to but not including the north and south circular roads.
The government has dragged its heels long enough - commit to new air pollution targets charity urges
23 September 2021
STATEMENT: from leading respiratory charity, Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, in response to today’s publication of the World Health Organization’s revised Air Quality Guidelines.
Leading respiratory charity advises Coronation Street researchers on storyline where a child suffers an asthma attack thought to be triggered by air pollution
17 August 2021
-For the 5.4 million people with asthma, air pollution poses a daily threat to their condition by potentially triggering asthma attacks.
15 July 2021
The Mayor of London will be expanding the Ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in October 2021. In response, leading respiratory health charity Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation has carried out new analysis showing thousands more people with asthma and COPD will benefit from cleaner air within the expanded zone.
Mask wearing should continue in order to protect more than half a million with lung conditions, charity calls
13 July 2021
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation respond to government guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable in England after restrictions ease next Monday [19 July]
8 July 2021
Responding to the publication of the UK Government’s Life Sciences Vision, Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said:
Levels of air pollution at schools are beyond the pale, says Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation
17 June 2021
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation responds to Global Action Plan, who have released data this Clean Air Day showing that over a quarter of UK schools are in areas above WHO air pollution limits, impacting 3.4 million children.
Statement from Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation commenting on the Government's response to the Coroner’s report, following the Ella Kissi-Debrah inquest
17 June 2021
Sarah Woolnough, Chief Executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, responds to a press release issued today (Thursday 17 June 2021, Clean Air Day) by DEFRA outlining the Government’s response to the Coroner's Prevention of Future Deaths report, following the inquest into the death of 9-year-old schoolchild, Ella Kissi-Debrah.
Government must support all local authorities to roll-out schemes like the Breathe London Network, says Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation
17 June 2021
To mark Clean Air Day, the Mayor of London has announced plans to grow the Breathe London Network. An additional 131 air quality sensors are to be installed at hospitals, schools and other priority locations in the capital, bringing the total number of Breathe London sensors up to 322.
14 June 2021
Responding to the announcement by the NHS of a plan to improve the treatment of long Covid, British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK Chief Executive, Sarah Woolnough, said:
Announcement regarding availability of life-changing antifibrotic drugs – comment from the British Lung Foundation, Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Taskforce for Lung Health
28 May 2021
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has today announced that it will launch a part-review of antifibrotic drugs for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), giving hope to thousands of terminally ill patients across the country.